First Fridays Have Arrived!

Pawtucket's trendy Hope Artiste Village is launching a monthly night of open studios.

Do you like free snacks? What about free drinks? Cool art? Mingling? Festivities? Sales and surprises?

If you don’t, we probably shouldn’t be friends. If you do, let’s make it official at the first-ever First Fridays at Pawtucket’s Hope Artiste Village on May 2.

The dual-building mill spaces, which house the wintertime farmers market, Craftopia!, and dozens of great galleries and shops, is an unfortunate ghost town during most of the week. Help it come alive on Friday night by visiting a handful of open studios and shops offering refreshments, shopping specials and lots of fun throughout the night.

Don’t worry: We’re not setting you up to drive to Pawtucket, park, visit two shops and leave. This first-ever event takes itself seriously with fifteen different shops/studios — featuring photography, funky jewelry, home goods, culinary gear, paintings, handbags and even a couple of nonprofits — that'll stay open from 4 to 8 p.m. for all to enjoy. Plus, DA Metals will be hosting a Design Your Own Earrings workshop and Rhody Craft is offering a BOGO special on small pendants just in time for Mother's Day.

The First Fridays tradition is sure to grow into something big and beautiful. If you like what you see, coming back for more on — you guessed it — the first Friday of each month. Here's a little about this month's participating shops:

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Tish Bodell Hopkins Studio


Cool topiaries and botanicals for the home.


Bryce Studio


Paintings of local seascapes, architecture and flora.


New Moon Studio


Handmade ceramics with a natural feel.  


DA Metals Jewelry


Colorful earrings, pins, necklaces and bracelets.


Dreamcore Production


Photography and videography services.


Sassy Mama Cuisine


Sweet and spicy sauces, some national brands and some made from scratch in Rhode Island.


Studio DTW


Cool landscape, portrait and product photography.


The Village Stylist


Custom clothing for men by J.Hilburn, plus high-end accessories.


Jamie Oliver At Home


A direct sales business created by the British TV chef.


Rhody Craft


An eclectic mix of locally made art, jewelry, body products and more.




Quirky mugs, postcards, stamps and books.


Books Are Wings


A nonprofit that improves literacy by donating free books to local children.


BABS Fine Handbags


Hand-felted totes and clutches made by local designers, plus a nice selection of yarn.


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Ahlers Designs


Corporate gifts, awards and jewelry by a local artist.


PeaceLove Studios


A nonprofit offering free art classes to those impacted by mental health disorders.


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